Today's post is written by Christine McDermott. Christine and her husband Jeremy have a seventeen month old son and lead an adult small group at Brook Hills. Christine also serves as a coach for several of our female young single small group leaders.

Valerie and I met when she applied to work for me in a local retail store. Working together forty hours a week makes for fast friends, and the Holy Spirit quickly burdened me for her soul. Over the next few years, I watched as Christ prepared her heart and drew her to Himself. He saved her, and she was baptized, joined a church and made drastic life changes. Although I loved on her and we spoke of the Lord often, I never took the step to mentor her. It never occurred to me.

A few years later, the Lord showed me Titus 2 and Matthew 28, and I began to pray about what that would look like in my daily life. I realized that I missed the opportunity with Valerie as her sister in Christ. I didn’t teach her; I didn’t really share my life with her. But God is so good! Through a series of Facebook messages and life changes, He brought us back together for a year of mentoring.

I am insufficient in all things, but God worked in her life AND in mine! I met with Valerie by phone (we had moved from Kentucky) every Sunday afternoon. It’s impossible to see someone passionately learning about Christ and not get excited with them. Not only that, she kept me accountable in memorizing Romans 8, and her patient spirit taught me a new sense of humbleness that has forever positively changed how I receive and learn from others.

What Our Year Together Meant to Valerie

By simply walking through and sharing life with me, Christine demonstrated how to fully give one’s life over to the Lord. She taught me how to maintain, strengthen, and grow my relationship with Him. She helped me understand how to study and comprehend my Bible, create Bible studies, and how important writing God’s Word on my heart is. One of the most essential things she taught me was how important daily quiet time with the Lord is and how to prioritize my life around it.

It was during our mentorship that I felt the Lord calling me overseas to mission work. I started nervously with a short-term trip to Kenya and ended up falling more in love with Jesus, which led me back to Kenya the next summer in 2010, then to Uganda for one year in 2011. I can’t wait to go back overseas to serve the Lord, possibly in a more permanent way.

Mentoring was demonstrated to me, and I have been able to share Christ and mentor others here in America and during my year in Africa. I have had the opportunity to walk alongside, invest in other women, and love them as Christine loved me.

Valerie and I still talk often, and I am so honored to hear stories of those she is making other disciple-makers. Wow! God has been so faithful! He has given us grace to be obedient in this way, blessing us ten-fold, and turning us into the best of sisters in Him.